Josie And The Pussycats #5 Review: Legal Under Parody Law

This month's installment of Josie And The Pussycats focuses on Josie's attempts to get over Alan's betrayal and a state county fair. It starts off with a lot of fun jokes, including a meta joke about not being allowed to name the state because they're "surprisingly litigious about their depictions." I wonder if Marguerite and Cameron were speaking from experience.

I also don't understand why they made up a fake name for Carrie Underwood but they were allowed to name-drop Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton.
The fourth-wall breaking doesn't stop there. It pervades the entire issue, from wacky references to the fourth wall itself to characters interrupting dramatic moments to gush about character development and emotional arcs. Alongside that, it also has some sweet moments about being happy and doing what's right for others. It's the end of the first arc, so almost everything that was introduced in the previous four issues appears again. Also, this happens.

I definitely recommend the issue. It can serve as a great jumping-on point for new readers. Even if you haven't read the other stories, they're summed up, in a fashion. Plus, it continues having delightful feminist moments!

Josie And The Pussycats #5 is written by Marguerite Bennett and Cameron Deordio, drawn by Audrey Mok, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, and lettered by Jack Morelli. You can find it at your local comic book shop.

Zachary Krishef is an evil genius. Do not question his knowledge of Saturday Night Live trivia or Harry Potter books.